Novel coronavirus COVID-19
The Nunavut Court of Justice has contingency planning in place to respond to a variety of critical situations. In recent weeks, we have been adapting those plans to meet the concerns and challenges raised by the spread of the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Keeping the public informed is an important part of our planning. We will post information about the Court’s response to COVID-19 on this web page.
We have been closely monitoring information and guidance from the Nunavut Chief Health Medical Officer and updates from the territorial and federal governments. Because the situation regarding COVID-19 is fluid, we will continue monitoring and assessing information as it becomes available. Should any changes to court operations become necessary, we will post the details immediately.
We are committed to taking the steps necessary to safeguard the health of everyone in our courtrooms and court facilities while ensuring access to justice, upholding the rule of law, and continuing court operations as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Most court proceedings are open to the public, but if you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has symptoms please follow the Government of Nunavut Department of Health’s advice and do not come to court to watch. Symptoms listed by the Department of Health are cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat and difficulty breathing.
Lawyers, parties and witnesses who are ill, in self-isolation recommended by a health professional, or in quarantine should take steps to notify other parties and the Court as soon as possible.
Parties with lawyers and witnesses whose testimony has been arranged by a lawyer should contact the lawyer. For a criminal proceeding people without lawyers should contact the Crown prosecutor for your case. If you fail to attend court without taking these steps, an order can be made in your absence.
In some cases, a judge may permit a lawyer or party who is unable to attend in person to make their court appearance by telephone. Telephone the Court Registry to ask about applying for a telephone appearance or see information listed under Practice Directive #4: